Ottawa, the National Capital


The Capital Region is comprised of two major cities, Ottawa in Ontario – seat of Canada’s Federal government - and Gatineau in Quebec, as well as numerous small towns – many of which have become amalgamated with the urban centers in recent years.

The Parliament Buildings of Ottawa form one of the most recognizable skylines in Canada. They stand at the top of a limestone escarpment that looms over the Ottawa River.

Within this region, which encompasses 4,715 square kilometers of river valley, mountains, wetlands and fields, the National Capital Commission (NCC) — federal steward and custodian of the Capital Region — has created an impressive portfolio of parks and green spaces.  With a fantastic variety of culture, heritage, entertainment and recreational opportunities Canada’s Capital Region is truly a destination for all.

For more information about the tourism attractions, accommodations and businesses in the Ottawa Region, browse the articles below or visit the Ontario government tourism website.

Ottawa Autumn Festivals

146th Carp Fair September 24-27
Agriculture fair, midway, homecoming, live entertainment, antique displays, agriculture shows, and home cooked meals is the reasons why people return year after year.  Call 613-839-2172 for more details.


Ottawa Summer Festivals

Canada Dance Festival June 25-27
The Canada Dance Festival has been the premiere showcase of new Canadian choreographic work for over twenty years. The CDF will animate the prestigious halls of the National Arts Centre and other venues in the National Capital Region with the dynamic energy of the country’s top contemporary and urban dance artists.  Call 613-947-7000,  extension #576 for more details.

Ottawa’s Canada Day Festival June 25-July 1
Ottawa’s Canada Day Festival at Andrew Haydon Park exemplifies the enthusiasm, co-operation and spirit of the individuals businesses and organizations that make up Ottawa. There is something for everyone from midway rides, petting zoo, face painting, to band shell entertainment, car shows, cultural events, and firework displays the evening of July 1st. The festival is free to everyone. Call 613-567-4532 for more details.


Ottawa Spring Festivals

BC Scene April 21 - May 3  
Showcasing more than 600 British Columbia artists on stage at the National Arts Centre.  90 events that will present musicians, dancers, actors and artists from Canada's Pacific Province.  Call 613-947-7000 ex 387 for more details.

Writers Festival – Spring Edition April 25 - May 2   
Leading authors and thinkers from Canada and around the world participate in interactive events.  Call 613-562-1243 for more details.


Ottawa Festivals 2009

Fireworks in Ottawa on Canada Day.Ottawa is one of Canada's great destinations for festivals, special events and national celebrations.  There's no better place to be in Canada on Canada Day, that's for sure!

But Ottawa hosts great events and festivals all year round.  Click on a link below to find what's going on in each season.

Spring Festivals

Summer Festivals

Autumn Festivals



Ottawa - Canada's Beautiful Capital!

Ottawa - History, Culture, Art and Adventure!

The Rideau Canal near Parliament, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.Ottawa has been described as one of the most beautiful capitals in the world and a tourist's paradise. The City of Ottawa and Canada's Capital Region covers an area of 4,662 square kilometers and is unique in its history, geography and lifestyle.


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